Top 5 Weirdest Laws: UK Edition | Reading Comprehension

Across Britain, there are laws still enforced today that date all the way back to the 1300s! Some of them have no relevance in today’s world and are actually quite funny. The Team at Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan have put together a list of the top 5 weirdest laws that still exist in the UK. Get ready for your minds to be blown!

First up, it is actually illegal to be drunk in the pub! Yes, that’s right, you’ve read correctly! According to the 1839 Metropolitan Police Act, it is illegal to be highly intoxicated in a pub or for the pub-keeper to permit drunkenness on the premises

Next up, jumping the queue in the Underground ticket hall is not just rude, but actually illegal! That’s right, us Brits take queueing to a whole new level!

One of the most absurd laws that still exists is that it is apparently illegal to die while in Parliament. As the House of Parliament, less commonly known as the Palace of Westminster, is in fact a royal palace; so, if you were to die there, you would be required to be given a state funeral!

Another interesting law is that you can’t dress up as a soldier or seaman if you go to a fancy-dress party. According to the Seamen’s and Soldier’s False Characters Act 1906, it is illegal to pretend to be part of the armed forces.

Last but certainly not least placing a postage stamp bearing the monarch’s head upside down on an envelope is considered as an act of treason. So, when sending a postcard from your travels in the UK, make sure you place your stamp the right way up!

Which law do you think is the weirdest? What weird Italian laws still exist in Italy today?! Share your opinions by writing a comment below!

If you are curious to find out what the words in bold mean and want to speak like a native, try our comprehension quiz below:

Top 5 Weirdest Laws: UK Edition | Reading Comprehension Quiz

Match the word with its definition.

How did you do?! If you enjoyed this post and want to check out some more of our website, click here to continue practising your English!

I’d Rather | English Grammar Exercise

Today’s online mini-grammar lesson by Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan is on using would rather to express preference.  

Would rather, which can be shortened to ‘d rather, is a more elegant way to say ‘prefer.’ We also use it as a formal way to express desire.

Same Subject
When the subject in the sentence is the same, would rather is followed by a pure infinitive (without ‘to’). We use this structure to talk about our own preferences.
Example: What do you want for dinner tonight? An Indian or Chinese takeaway? I’d rather have an Indian takeaway.

Different Subjects
When there are two different subjects in the sentence, would rather is followed by the past simple (to express preference in the present or future). We use this structure to talk about what we want someone else to do.
Example: Who should give the presentation to the client next week? I’d rather you gave the presentation as you know more about the product.

Are you ready to practice this grammatical structure? Try our quiz below!

I'd rather...

Rewrite the sentences using the structure ‘would rather’ like in the example. Use the contraction I’d in each response.

Example: ‘I should go food shopping today, but I’ll go tomorrow.’ would become ‘I’d rather go food shopping tomorrow.’

How did you do? Click here to try some of our other quizzes. Would you like to learn even more English? Book a lesson at Scrambled Eggs with one of our qualified and experienced native English teachers.

Remember to do vs. Remember doing | English Grammar Exercise

Today’s online mini-grammar lesson by Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan is on the difference use and meaning between remember + infinitive and remember + gerund.

Remember can be followed by either an infinitive or a gerund, but there is a difference in meaning!

Remember + Infinitive
When remember is followed by an infinitive it means we have the intention to do something, whether we do it or not. In other words, to not forget to do something. We use remember + infinitive to talk about things that we need to do. We remember first and then do the action second.

Remember + Gerund
When remember is followed by a gerund it means we have remembered something that happened in the past. In short, you can recall the memory and have an image of it in your mind. We use remember + gerund to talk about actions in the past. We do the action first and then later remember it.

Are you ready to practice what you have just learnt? Try our quiz below!

Remember to do vs. Remember doing

Fill in the gaps using the verb in parentheses. For each question, you will need to decide whether to use the gerund or the infinitive.

How did you do? You can try more of our quizzes by clicking here. I’d recommend you to try our quiz on the difference between remind and remember!

Do you still have some doubts? Book a lesson at Scrambled Eggs with one of our qualified and experienced native English teachers!